We unpick Mango Room’s reputation as a high quality restaurant
The concept of fine dining has come a long way over the last two decades. Critics and the Michelin Star guide no longer look for silver service with white table cloths, it’s no longer necessary to adhere to a dress code or even be at the higher end of the price range to be classified as a fine dining venue. Today, what counts is the quality of the food, the ingredients and the atmosphere of the restaurant that makes the customers feel comfortable.
The Mango Room is one the first restaurants offering all these things since its inception 20 years ago. A laid back relaxed atmosphere focussing on vibrancy and energy, rather than a quiet reserved stuffiness.
So what characterizes a fine dining establishment such as the Mango Room?
Chefs – award winning restauranteur and founder, Derick Blake, has been perfecting the kitchen over the years by handpicking a selection of chefs that also share his love and passion for food and Caribbean cuisine. Head chef, Roger Shakes has kept this going for most of those years and consistency is key for a long standing successful brand.
Presentation – they say you eat with your eyes first and the way the dishes are delivered make it appealing to both the eye and the pallet. Fine cuts of meat, colour and texture are what keeps people coming back for more. The chefs are not afraid experiment so every now and then a new dish will pop up on the menu, plus since opening its new location on the Camden Road, both Derick and business partner Nathan Ferguson will bring this to another level with exclusive ‘Tasting Menu’ evenings where another level of culinary ambition will be showcased to the special few, defying the expectations of Caribbean cuisine.
Ambience – every detail of the restaurant has been curated by its founder, Derick, who has a passion for art as well as food, exhibiting vibrant and brazen work from Mr Tim Davis as part of his own collection. A regular talking point for many diners. The dark and rustic woodwork, sometimes painted to add colour adds to the feeling of a warmer climate. The venue is set against a backdrop of vintage reggae music which always makes the customers feel comfortable and at home. The space is always perfectly lit, not too dark and not too bright to add to the experience – don’t be surprised if you see the founder adjust the lighting and the music volume every few hours.
The diners – yes we attribute fine dining to our loyal clientele. The restaurant has attracted an eclectic mix of diners since opening, including VIPs such as rock royalty, artists, musicians and generally interesting people from all walks of life which makes it a truly unique experience
Community – we pride ourselves on friendly staff but also the personal touch – if you are a regular customer you might have visited the restaurant and had a little soiree with co-founders Nathan or Derick – no doubt you are already part of the furniture and the Mango Room community.